April 29, 2016
What is the NIEHS Biomedical Career Symposium?
The annual NIEHS Biomedical Career Symposium (formerly the NIEHS Biomedical Career Fair), now in its 19th year, is one of the largest assemblies of biomedical organizations and young scientists in Research Triangle Park, NC. Targeting postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, the Career Symposium provides young scientists with an opportunity to explore a myriad of career options and create a contact network as they plan for their future careers in the biomedical sciences. This year there were 10 workshops in addition to the 9 career panels, as well as an afternoon networking session.
To see the Career Symposium program, download the Booklet (1MB).
Keynote Speaker: Keith Micoli, Ph.D
Affiliation: NYU Langone Medical Center
Keynote Address: "Beyond the End of the Road: Career Advice From the Wilderness"
When you have reached the end of the educational road after 20 years or more, the next step towards an independent career can seem like walking into an unknown wilderness. While hiking alone for 10 days and 120 miles, Keith had plenty of time to ponder the similarities of life on the trail and life in the lab. Join him as he shares some of the insights he gained, from learning to accept the inevitable frustrations life throws at you, to unlocking the deep strength each of us has within us. The end of the road is only the beginning of your journey, and only you can determine your ultimate destination!
Keith is the Postdoctoral Program Director at New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center where he pursues his passion for providing young scientists with the resources they need to develop their own careers and encouraging them to take responsibility for their own success. He received his BA in biology/neurobiology from New College of Florida in 1993 and his PhD in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 2001. Keith continued at UAB as a postdoc, additionally serving as a research associate and Instructor in the Department of Pathology and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology at Samford University.
Keith's interest in postdoctoral training at a national level was developed by volunteering with the NPA, where he was Chair of the Policy Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, and a member of the Outreach, Membership, Finance, and Meeting Committees. He served on the NPA Board of Directors, including serving as Board Chairman from 2004 to 2006 and from 2014-2015. During his initial tenure as Chair, the NPA successfully worked with the NIH to start the K99/R00 grant mechanism and helped NIH and NSF develop a unified definition of a postdoc.
In 2008, Keith left academic research to join the NYU School of Medicine as the Postdoctoral Program Director, where he has worked to develop numerous programs to foster postdoc training, including a grant writing course and a lab management series. He is the Primary Investigator of NYU's Science Training Enhancement Program, funded by the NIH BEST program. Keith has also organized What Can You Be with a PhD?, a career symposium that brings together over 1000 graduate students and postdocs from New York City for two days of talks and workshops.